Posted on Sunday, March 30th, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
At the bottom of a lake sits a film a la Rudy or The Rookie about a guy who conquers an Everest of doubt to fulfill his lifetime dream of playing Jason Voorhees in the latest Friday the 13th film. According to Bloody Disgusting, horror fans can add one more name to the legacy behind Crystal Lake’s lumbering, hockey-masked lothario; actor Derek Mears will play Jason in the 2009 reboot from director Marcus Nispel and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Mears is 6’5″ and previously starred as a misogynistic mutant in The Hills Have Eyes 2.
The last actor to suit up on screen as JV was Ken Kirzinger in the quite satisfying $82 million grossing hit Freddy vs Jason. Wait a second, Mears resume reads like a rap sheet: Thug #1, Bounty Hunter #3, Inmate #1, Skinhead #1, Mugger, Little Ed, the Milk Man. This guy has earned his entitlement to grip the world’s most famous machete.